Monday, February 7, 2011

Finished Project: New Hallway

By painting all the trim, doors and walls the
same color (Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan)
the seven doors in this 17 foot long hallway fade
into the background creating a seamless look.

It is easy to forget how far we have come when renovating a home for, oh, seven years or so.

This hallway on our second floor looks AMAZING to me, but if I were to give a “house tour
it would be hard to explain just what had to take place to make this calm and peaceful transition area look as plain and lovely as it does.

This is what the hallway used to look like. I took this picture on a second walk-through after we had decided we wanted to put in an offer.

I am pretty sure this view would have scared most people away, but we could hardly contain our excitement “We love it! We’ll take it!!”

Here is the mathematical equation
for how we achieved our end result:

One chimney
One fire alarm bell
One wall niche with little purpose
One wall and door way to second floor landing
All doors, trim, walls, ceiling
Linoleum floor covering first,
then existing maple hardwoods second

One larger linen closet where existing closet was
New central vac closet where chimney was
One set of brand new stairs to third floor
New doors, hardware, trim, walls and ceiling
New lighting and updated electrical
One french door (not shown in pic above)
New red oak stained medium brown hardwood floors
Fresh coat of low VOC paint

All that is left to do is to figure
out what to hang on the walls

A huge thank you goes to just a few of the many contractors (it probably took about half a dozen contractors – including my husband – over the course of this more-complicated-than-it-looks project) who recently helped us cross “finish 2nd floor hallway off our list:

Weaver Brothers Construction, Lynnfield
C&R Flooring, Needham
LoConte Painting, Lynnfield

Come back later this week for a sneak peek of New England Finery Magazine which I will be able to cross off my design-to-do list early next week : )

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